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20 May 2015

An International Summit on Reproductive Choice

At the Lisbon 2014 summit, more than 70 advocates, service providers and academics from across the globe discussed how best to defend and advance women’s reproductive choices. This publication offers perspectives on thorny issues such as later abortion, fetal pain, sex selection and fetal anomaly.

22 April 2015

UK: Better support needed for women with severe pregnancy sickness, charities urge

Difficulty obtaining swift treatment and support for severe and debilitating pregnancy sickness means some women feel they are left with no option but to end otherwise wanted pregnancies, the charities British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) and Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS) have warned.

2 April 2015

USA: Woman jailed for ‘feticide’

Purvi Patel has become the first woman to be imprisoned in America for feticide, in a case that has caused outrage worldwide.

12 March 2015

From abortion to childbirth: what we need is choice

Jennie Bristow reviews Rebecca Schiller’s new book, All That Matters: Women's rights in childbirth.

24 February 2015

UK: Conception statistics show continuing trend of later motherhood

The number of teenage girls who become pregnant is the lowest since records began, but there has been a marked increase in the number of over 35s giving birth.

5 February 2015

UK: FGM trial highlights the dangers of ‘political’ prosecutions

The swift acquittal of Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, the hospital doctor accused of performing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on a patient whose baby he had just delivered, is a welcome affirmation of doctors’ integrity and juries’ common sense. By Jennie Bristow.

17 December 2014

UK: Guidance on antenatal and postnatal mental health problems

New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends more support for women suffering from a fear of childbirth and those who have experienced a traumatic birth or miscarriage.

8 December 2014

UK: Drinking in pregnancy not a crime, court rules

A child born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is not legally entitled to compensation after her mother drank excessively while pregnant, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

3 December 2014

Whose choice in childbirth?

Recommendations by the new NICE guidance on intrapartum care seem to reflect the choices desired by policymakers more than those actually made by women. By Jennie Bristow.

1 December 2014

UK: Shared maternity leave comes into force

New rights to allow parents to share leave following the birth or adoption of their child have become law.

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